Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. has revealed its new flagship SC-57 ($2000) and SC-55 ($1600) Elite receivers.
The new SC-57 Elite receiver.
Designed to deliver the audio performance necessary for Blu-ray Disc and other high fidelity audio formats, both Elite models incorporate Pioneer’s new Class D3 digital amplifier technology that can produce massive power output with much less electrical power consumption than traditional designs, according to the company. The integrated Class D3 amplifier can deliver Pioneer’s highest-ever continuous power simultaneously to all dedicated channels with high efficiency, significantly less heat production and ultra-low distortion. Both receivers are enhanced with advanced network features including Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA Certified (1.5) networking, Internet radio and Pioneer’s proprietary iPad, iPhone, iPod apps including iControlAV2’ and Air Jam.
“The new Class D3 amplifier technology built into the SC receivers illustrates Pioneer’s engineering capabilities and further proves our expertise in the home theater space,” said Chris Walker, director of AV marketing and product planning for the home entertainment division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “These receivers can truly reproduce the dynamics of uncompressed audio soundtracks from sources such as Blu-ray.”
Pioneer’s Class D3 amplifier features include: improved thermal dissipation, direct-thru signal path, THD Improvement, Pre-Amp Mode, and new certifications – the SC-57 and SC-55 are both certified by THX and AIR Studios.
Both SC receivers enable users to configure their home theater in multiple customized configurations. The 9.1-channel SC-57 provides 10 different configurations while the 7.1-channel SC-55 offers up to seven. Users can create a full 5.1 system and use the remaining channels for additional zones, all controllable directly from the receivers.
The new Elite SC-57 and SC-55 receivers are available at authorized Pioneer Elite retailers.